British politician Daniel Hannan's Inventing Freedom is an ambitious account of the historical origin and spread of the principles that have made America great and their role in creating a sphere of economic and political liberty that is as crucial as it is imperiled.
The ideas and institutions we consider essential to maintaining and preserving our freedoms - individual rights, private property, the rule of law, and the institutions of representative government - are the legacy of a very specific tradition that was born in England and was inherited by Americans, along with other former British colonies. By the 10th century, England was a nation-state whose people were already starting to define themselves with reference to inherited common-law rights. The story of liberty is the story of how that model triumphed: How it was enshrined in a series of landmark victories - the Magna Carta, the English Civil War, the Glorious Revolution, the US Constitution - and how it came to defeat every international rival.
Today we see those ideas abandoned and scorned in the places where they once went unchallenged. Inventing Freedom is a chronicle of the success of Anglosphere exceptionalism, and it is offered at a time that may turn out to be the end of the age of political freedom.
©2013 Daniel Hannan (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The absolutely clear linearity of it all and the rather tenuous chance the void left by Roman withdrawal from Britain would by chance be filed by egalitarian customs that became extinct on the continent.
And so many times a close run thing even to our modern times.
Survival of common law traditions after the Norman Conquest.
The general discussion on how the anglosphere is what it is in large extent because we are all of us much like islands.
The misfortunes immediately following 1066
This book gets added to my permanent elite library.
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